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Maverick Basketball at Ralston Arena

photos by Jeff Beiermann

The UNO men's basketball team won in their inaugural game at the Ralston Arena against Northern Illinois on Nov. 9, 2012. The Mavs won, 77-64.



UNO Ranked Sixth in Military Friendliness

UNO is one of the nation's top six colleges for military veterans for 2013 according to a new report from "The Military Times" magazine. This selection is an increase from last year's ninth-place ranking.

"The entire campus is proud of this recognition and passionate about serving our veterans, active military and their families," UNO Chancellor John Christensen said. "This recognition is a great reflection of our legacy working with the military community, but it is also encouragement to do even more for these students that have given so much to our country."

More than 4,000 colleges and universities from across the country took part in the survey, which ranks the participating schools on categories such as financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. UNO ranked ahead of schools such as the University of Kansas, University of Kentucky and Arizona State University. Read more.

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Transgender Day of Remembrance Panel Discussion is Today

Join UNO today, Nov. 20, at noon in Milo Bail Student Center Nebraska Room for a panel discussion where transgender speakers and advocates will share their stories and experiences and discuss issues the transgender community faces. Q&A will follow.

Gender and Sexual Orientation (GSO) Agency and Student Organizations and Leadership Programs presents this event in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance.

There will be free pizza and food at the event. Please click on this link to download a flyer.

For more information, contact Helen Kang at 402.554.2711 or

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Free Fall Nutrition Seminar Today

Learn how to enjoy all your favorite treats this holiday season guilt-free today, Nov. 20. Registered dietitian Julie Denker will present this session from noon to 12:45 p.m. in 138 Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building.

Denker will show you how to avoid gaining those unwanted pounds over this upcoming holiday season.

Tips will include:

- Deck the kitchen with healthier ingredients

- Lower-calorie treats

- Holiday meal makeovers

Questions? Contact Mark Joekel at

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TIAA CREF Rep Openings Available This Fall

Openings still remain for TIAA-CREF representative campus visits set for this fall.

Jana Steigelman-Simon, a TIAA CREF consultant for Individual Client Services, will be on campus throughout the fall for individual appointments with employees.

Calling the Omaha TIAA-CREF office at 402.548.3614 individuals can make appointments for Nov. 20 and 27 and Dec. 11 and 18.

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Special Health Risk Appraisal Message for UNO Employees

(Editor's note: The following letter is intended for benefit-eligible employees.)

November 20, 2012

Dear UNO Employee:

UNO and the other UN Campuses are partnering with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and WELCOA to offer a FREE Health Risk Appraisal (HRA). This HRA is a wonderful opportunity to take a look at your lifestyle and find out ways you might be able to improve your overall wellness. It will be rolled-out in time for you to complete it and have that information for Human Resources Benefits' Open Enrollment Period. 

Those insured through UNO will receive Enhanced Benefits for completing the HRA:

- Annual preventive care allowance of $300 for those 2 and over

- Annual preventive care allowance of $600 for those under 2

- 100 percent coverage, up to $2,500, for a routine preventative colonoscopy once every 10 years

- $0 co-pay for generic prescription drugs through CVS Caremark's mail service

NOTE: If you don't have insurance through UNO, there is still an incentive.  Everyone who completes an HRA will be entered in a drawing for prizes (UNO Hockey Tickets and more).

The aggregate data that we receive will be used to help us effectively target a comprehensive wellness effort across campus.  For example: if the results say that 35 percent of UNO's employees have high blood pressure, then Mav-Rec Wellness will focus on programs to address this.

The good news about wellness is that it doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. 

Some examples of little things you can do that will make a difference:

- Get 30 minutes of moderate activity per day (like walking)

- Cut down on portions at meal time, and eat more fruits and vegetables

- Pray, meditate, practice relaxation or do Yoga

Please complete the HRA today and help make UNO an even healthier place to work. As always, if you have any questions regarding Mav-Rec Wellness, you can contact Dave Daniels at 402.554.2008 or by e-mail: For HRA or benefits questions, contact Esther Scarpello at 402.554.3660 or by e-mail:


Dr. John Christensen, Chancellor

Dr. B.J. Reed, Senior Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs

Mr. William Conley, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance

Dr. Daniel Shipp, Associate Vice-Chancellor for Student Affairs

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NUFlex Open Computer Labs Available for Annual Enrollment

NUFlex Open Computer Labs available for benefit-eligible faculty and staff who would like some assistance with the 2013 annual enrollment.

Only a few days remain for 2013 NUFlex enrollment. Since this year's enrollment is online only, Human Resources will conduct two open computer labs for employees requiring access to a computer or additional assistance.

The labs will be offered:

- Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. in 104 Durham Science Center

- Wednesday, Dec. 5, from 2 to 3 p.m. in 543 Kayser Hall

Go to and log in for online NUFlex enrollment, which ends Friday, Dec. 7. For password help, contact ITS Customer Service Helpdesk at 402.554.4357.

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Criss Library Schedule Changes for Thanksgiving Holiday

Criss Library hours for Wednesday, Nov. 21, will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The library will be closed Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 22-24, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Regular library hours resume Sunday, Nov. 25, at noon. For a complete schedule of library hours, visit

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Deadline Nov. 30 for Writing Across the Curriculum Faculty Seminar

UNO faculty are invited to participate in a two-day seminar on Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC). The seminar will be held in the Milo Bail Student Center on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and Thursday, Jan. 3, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Faculty who participate will have an opportunity to consider WAC's twin objectives – using writing tasks to promote students' understanding of course material in any discipline (writing to learn), and integrating writing tasks across the curriculum in order to support students' development as writers (learning to write). Participants will be well prepared to teach discipline-based writing and writing-intensive courses.

On Wednesday, interactive sessions will address the challenges students face when they undertake academic writing tasks, from comprehending reading assignments to evaluating, integrating, and citing information from print and electronic sources. Thursday's sessions will focus on best practices designing assignments, responding to and evaluating students' papers and supporting multilingual writers. Participants will bring papers written by their own students, compare their assessments to those of their colleagues and consider similarities and differences across disciplines. 

The seminar is supported by the Writing Center and the Center for Faculty Development. Participants will receive $250 directed to their departments for travel and other professional expenses. 

A brief application form is posted on the UNO Writing Center website, on the Faculty Resources page:

Applications are due Friday, Nov. 30, and applicants will be notified on Monday, Dec. 3.

For more information, contact Nora Bacon at the UNO Writing Center (, 402.554.2946).

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Mav Kids Parents Day Out Set for Dec. 2

The next Mav Kids Parents Day Out event is set for Sunday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Health, Physical Education and Recreation Building. Parents Day out is for children ages 6-12 and includes dodgeball, swimming, arts & crafts, lunch, movies and much more! So get your holiday shopping done and drop the kids off with Mav-Rec!

Registration is $20 for all UNO students and Mav-Rec members, and $25 for non-members. You can download the registration form at

For more information or questions, contact Nicole Wood at 402.554.4941 or

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In the News

Service Learning Academy, Native American Studies Bring Olympian to Campus

A visit by 1964 olympic champion Billy Mills, organized by several campus organizations including the Service Learning Academy and Native American Studies Department, was covered by the Omaha World-Herald, KETV, and WOWT.

UNO Students Mirror Buffett, Berkshire Stock Purchase

Several UNO students and adjunct MBA instructor Bob Miles were quoted in the Omaha World-Herald on Sunday, Nov. 18, about their final exam, which discussed John Deere stock as a potential candidate for Berkshire acquisition. The students' analysis predated Berkshire's actual purchasing of John Deere stock by about a month.

UNO Included in Huffington Post's Best Colleges for Veterans Slideshow

UNO was included as part of slide show on The Huffington Post that identifies the top colleges for veterans. UNO was recently ranked sixth in the country by "Military Times" of all military-friendly campuses.  

World-Herald Addresses Proposed Merger, Split of UNO, UNL Engineering

An Omaha World-Herald story from Sunday, Nov. 18, addresses a proposal by University of Nebraska-Lincoln to merger the electrical engineering program in Lincoln with the computer electronics engineering program offered by the Peter Kiewit Institute on UNO's campus.

Walker Discusses Federal Police Report

Samuel Walker, professor emeritus of criminal justice, was quoted by the Las Vegas Review-Journal about a report indicating major improvements in the Las Vegas police department as a result of changes made by the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Blais Talks NHL Lockout

Hockey head coach Dean Blais discussed the current NHL lockout with the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday, Nov. 14. 

Drozd Addresses Increased Enrollment at South High

In the Saturday, Nov. 17, issue of the Omaha World-Herald, David Drozd, a researcher at UNO's Center for Public Affairs Research, was quoted in a story about the increased enrollment at Omaha South over the last four years.

Reuters Discusses UNO Research on Giving Circles

In a Friday, Nov. 16, article, Reuters mentions research done by UNO faculty on the successfulness of giving circles in helping increase the effectiveness of charitable donations.

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Criss Library Sponsoring Holiday Scholastic Children's Book Fair

The campus community and the public can do holiday shopping and support the Criss Library at the same time during the Scholastic Children's Book Fair.  Criss Library will sponsor the event Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 27-28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Books for children of all ages, holiday titles, instructional materials, games, videos and toys will be for sale. Donations also will be accepted for Compass Ministries Funtastic Learning Club. Proceeds will benefit the library's juvenile book collection. The fair is sponsored by the University Library Friends.

For more information, contact Melissa Cast-Brede at

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Roundtable Discussion on 'Using Blackboard Tools in Online Women's and Gender Studies Classes' Nov. 29

Join UNO Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) faculty for an informal discussion on "Using Blackboard Tools in Online Women's and Gender Studies Classes" on Thursday, Nov. 29.

The round table will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in 543 Kayser Hall and feature Dawn Cripe, WGS distance education coordinator, and Karen Falconer Al-Hindi, director of WGS.

Refreshments will be served.

R.S.V.P. to Falconer Al-Hindi ( by Monday, Nov. 26.

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International Film Series Starts with 'Bye, Bye Brasil'

The History Department is again sponsoring its international film series during the fall and spring semesters.  Each film is hosted by a History Department faculty member, and each will begin with an explanation of the film's setting, and will be followed by an audience discussion.  Join Maria Arbelaez, associate professor of History, on Friday, Nov. 30, for " Bye, Bye Brasil."

"Bye, Bye Brasil," is a 1980 film by director Carlos Diegues that examines the rural regions of Brazil through the eyes of traveling circus performers. The film will be shown in 438 of Arts and Sciences Hall at 3 p.m.

The remaining films in the department's series will be shown during the spring semester. Please watch the History Department web page for those announcements.

For more information, visit the History Department website or contact Jo Behrens at 402.554.2584.

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Campus Holiday Open House Set for Dec. 5

Chancellor John Christensen, Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed and Vice Chancellor Bill Conley invite faculty and staff to attend UNO's annual campus holiday open house. Click on this link (holidayopenhouse.pdf) to view a special invitation.

Those planning to attend should R.S.V.P. to Donna Hathaway at by Wednesday, Nov. 28.

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Save the Date: 2013 Annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair

UNO's 5th annual Student Research and Creative Activity Fair will take place on Friday, March 8, 2013. Save the date!

Students from all disciplines and at all levels--undergraduate through doctoral--are encouraged to participate.

Watch eNotes and the ORCA website for more details

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